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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Retreat for HIV Positive Catholics at Douai
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¬†The peer support network of Catholic men and women living with HIV, 'Positive Catholics', offers support and encouragement through group meetings, liturgy, and weekend 'retreats'. Running since 2004, the group are holding this year's retreat weekend from August 1 - 3. "We are delighted that the Benedictine Community at Douai Abbey, near Reading, have generously offered us their retreat centre, for this year's event", said a spokesperson. "The centre is comfortable, and has accommodation for people with disabilities, and family friendly accommodation, which we hope will encourage people living with HIV who have mobility needs, and parents who need to bring children. 'During the weekend, the groups chaplain, Fr John Sherrington, CP, will lead us in prayer and reflection. We shall be considering how living with HIV has affected our relationship to self, others and God. Through sharing stories, using art and music, and praying together, we hope to understand more clearly how God is present with us, and shares in our experience of life with HIV". Members will also have the opportunity to join the monks in their daily liturgy. The group find the support and encouragement they receive from each other of great help in living well with HIV as people of faith, and are hoping that this event will be a chance for others who are not yet aware of the group to become involved. The spokesperson said that they are particularly keen to welcome women for this weekend. "women and parents with children face special challenges. We hope to provide an opportunity for new links to be made for the future, which will help counteract the sense of isolation often felt by women living with HIV" The cost per person is £112. However bursaries are available for any person who is unable to meet the full cost. Full 'room and board' is provided, and Douai Abbey is easily accessible by train, bus or car. For further information email Or ring 07505608655 if you wish to talk with someone, (leave a message with your tel: no. and a convenient time to call, one of the members will get back to you, in confidence).
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